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MA

Public Health

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our Public Health Masters degree has been designed in response to contemporary international debates about the changing nature and shifting boundaries of multidisciplinary public health. It will allow you to develop an extensive knowledge of public health with a critical awareness of the philosophical, theoretical and method logical aspects of the discipline and following graduation you'll be enthused about the potential to act as change agents within multi-disciplinary public health settings. You'll also be able to adopt an independent and reflective approach to your learning and future careers.

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This contemporary course is informed by a social model of health crucial to understanding contemporary and global public health theory and practice. It focuses on the strategic and international elements of public health, environment and sustainable development that are critical to effective multidisciplinary practice in these fields. As a result it reflects cutting-edge, current developments.

The course provides you with the opportunity to engage with a wide and diverse curricula including:

  • sustainable development
  • social determinants of health
  • politics
  • ethics
  • international public health.

It is suitable for recently qualified graduates or those already in employment.

Following graduation you will:

  • be inspired about the potential to act as change agents within multi-disciplinary public health settings
  • bring an extensive knowledge of public health with a critical awareness of the philosophical, theoretical and methodological issues to bear on the discipline
  • adopt an independent and reflective approach to your learning and future careers.
  • Course modules

    Concepts of Health and Healing

    In this module you will explore and engage with a range of discourses and theories around the contested concepts of health and healing in contemporary society. We will locate our analyses within both UK and international social, economic and political contexts. The module covers three main areas:

    • contested concepts of health and healing exploring lay, traditional and professional discourses of health
    • critical perspectives drawn from Marxist, political economy, post-modern perspectives
    • and emerging discourses of social determinants and equity within what some have termed the third public health revolution.

    Public Health, Sustainability and Community

    This module allows you to situate and apply your skills and knowledge within an understanding of the place of sustainability within public health and regeneration; this understanding should inform the delivery of public health at the local community level both nationally and internationally.

    The first part of the module encourages you to engage with a number of important sociological concepts that inform current policy in respect of sustainable community delivery, the wider socio-economic determinants of health and the concept of place poverty. Having enriched your theoretical understanding, and broadened your critical knowledge of the relevant policy fields, you will then apply yourself to real-life scenarios, analysing and evaluating policy initiatives and the potential for delivering sustainability in and through public health and regeneration and key issues in globalisation and the future of public health.

    Critical Philosophical Debate

    In this module you will engage with a range of philosophical, ethical and socio-cultural positions and theories of relevance to health and well-being. In each case we will adopt a critical stance and creatively examine the relevance of theory for practice.

    Policy and Practice in Multidisciplinary Public Health

    You will integrate theory, policy and practice relating to multidisciplinary public health and explore in a critical way the broad skills necessary for effective professional activity in the field of multidisciplinary public health. You will gain a critical understanding of the broad strategic context of health within emerging policy agendas.

    You will develop skills for professional practice in public health including Health Need Assessment and Health Impact Assessment, understand the requirement for evidence-based practice and appreciate how to effectively address health inequalities within multi-disciplinary partnerships. You will understand how to operate as a reflective practitioner.

    Research Methods

    This module aims to enhance your knowledge of epistemological and methodological issues in relation to social research in addition to expanding their repertoire and understanding in relation to research methods in the social sciences.

    International Politics of Health

    In this module you will study a range of current and emerging threats to human health and well-being, all of which are considered to be of global significance. Importantly, though, whether considering HIV / AIDS, food and water security, potential pandemic viral strains or the health effects of globalisation itself, in each case you will examine the wider global politico-economic and cultural context of disease and critique the intervention response of the global community and the activities of relevant international organisations.

    Dissertation

    This module will enable the student to develop the ability to identify and apply appropriate research processes in the context of an identified research question. You will own and manage a significant academic research inquiry and produce 15-20,000 words in the form of a postgraduate dissertation

    Or in place of a Dissertation, you can opt to take two 30 credit modules instead

    Professional Practice in Public Health

    You will undertake a period of practical experience within the Public Health field. This module aims to enhance your employability prospects by providing an opportunity to gain understanding through valuable work experience whilst at the same time allowing reflection on how a particular organisation operates.

    Research Project

    You will be required to critically reflect on practice in order to define and execute a research question appropriate to your specific professional area and organisational context.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

As part of the Professional Practice in Public Health module you’ll undertake a period of practical experience within the Public Health field.

How you’re taught

Study and support

The course is delivered through lectures, workshops, group work and one-to-one supervision. You'll receive support throughout your studies from committed and enthusiastic teaching staff, who are also involved in research activity.

You may also get the opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers and alumni who have worked or volunteered internationally.

Assessment methods

The course employs a varied assessment regime, which includes essays, reports, a portfolio and presentations. The dissertation gives you the opportunity to design, implement and present a significant piece of research relevant topic of your choice.

In-sessional English language support

In-sessional English language support classes are available to all international (non-EU) students studying on degree courses at NTU. There is no extra charge for these classes.

Hear from invited international speakers and alumni who have worked or volunteered internationally.

Careers and employability

The course cultivates intellectual and research skills, experience and knowledge suitable for effective practice in a wide range of multidisciplinary public health sectors. You will be equipped to progress into policy, research and practice roles in the public, private or voluntary arenas in the UK or internationally. For those already employed it provides transferable skills such as independent critical thought, analysis and evaluation, partnership working skills and self-directed learning.

Previous graduates have gone onto roles including:

  • Community fundraiser
  • Health worker
  • Graduate teaching assistant
  • Administrator

*Data extracted from the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014/15 - 2015/16.

Volunteering opportunities

You may also have the opportunity to become involved in volunteering opportunities via a project currently running in Uganda. This will provide you with excellent practical experience and transferable skills which you can apply within future careers.

Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Entry requirements

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences in the multidisciplinary public health territory (e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - either paid or unpaid) and knowledge and skills would enable them to study this course at masters level in their Personal Statement.

Such experience and skills are likely to include a range of the following:

Previous study

You should provide any history of previous study that suggests that you are likely to cope with a course of study at postgraduate level.

Work experience

You should be able to demonstrate a clear appreciation of your role, function and relevant achievements within employment, and an awareness of how the course of study may assist your future career aspirations.

Personal skills

You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and in teams, to solve practical problems, to plan work and manage time effectively in order to meet deadlines, and to show perseverance and initiative when required.

Communication

You should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas effectively in both verbal and written forms.

Motivation

You should be able to provide a clear reason for applying for the course and have a demonstrable commitment to pursue study in the field of multidisciplinary Public Health. No references are required when applying for this course.

We accept qualifications from universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

  • You will need an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK undergraduate honours degree (2.2 or above) in a related subject.
  • Applicants without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but will be required to demonstrate how their experiences in the multidisciplinary public health territory (e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - either paid or unpaid) and knowledge and skills would enable them to study this course at masters level in their Personal Statement.

Such experience and skills are likely to include a range of the following:

Previous study

You should provide any history of previous study that suggests that you are likely to cope with a course of study at postgraduate level.

Work experience

You should be able to demonstrate a clear appreciation of your role, function and relevant achievements within employment, and an awareness of how the course of study may assist your future career aspirations.

Personal skills

You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and in teams, to solve practical problems, to plan work and manage time effectively in order to meet deadlines, and to show perseverance and initiative when required.

Communication

You should be able to demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas effectively in both verbal and written forms.

Motivation

You should be able to provide a clear reason for applying for the course and have a demonstrable commitment to pursue study in the field of multidisciplinary Public Health. No references are required when applying for this course.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Open days

The School of Social Sciences holds open events throughout the year. Come along and learn more about our courses, speak to programme leaders and find out about studying with the School.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

All applications to this course can be made through our NTU Applicant Portal.

You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.Please allow additional processing time for international applications from countries that require a visa.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200, or email applications@ntu.uk.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-timeTBCTBC
Part-time (cost per year of study)TBCTBC

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there's no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and funding bodies, and from the University.

There are two main costs involved with postgraduate study: the cost of your tuition fees which is paid directly to the University, and living expenses such as accommodation, travel and food.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies, We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduate fees and funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2019 entry

Study routeHome (UK/EU students)International
Full-timeTBCTBC
Part-time (cost per year of study)TBCTBC

Fees may be subject to change.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Prestigious postgraduate scholarships are available. Find out more on our postgraduate scholarships webpage.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460